SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Los Angeles slugger Yasiel Puig and his teammates took to social media Tuesday to mock Giants ace Madison Bumgarner after bench-clearing dust-up in Monday night’s Dodgers victory.
With the Giants leading 1-0 in the seventh inning, the bad blood between Bumgarner and Puig boiled over.
Bumgarner fielded a slow tapper by Puig along the first base line and threw him out to end the inning. The left-hander punched his glove emphatically and said something that didn’t appear to be very cordial.
“That wasn’t Puig’s fault,” Dodger ace Clayton Kershawsaid. “We all know Bum is pretty intense out there. He definitely stirred the fire on that one and he deserved it.”
Puig glared back and responded, and soon both teams massed near first base before the dustup ended without any punches.
“He asked me, `Why you looking at me?”‘ Puig said through a translator. “I asked him why he was looking at me.”
In the second, Puig doubled for the lone hit given up by Bumgarner.
“Maybe because it was his only hit and he was angry,” Puig said. “Every time I face him it seems like we have those problems. We’re tired of it. It definitely motivates us and seems to have a distraction in their head.”
Bumgarner appeared to be annoyed after the game.
“I didn’t hear what was going on,” he said. “I just got him out and he tried to stare me down or something. That’s what it looked like to me.”
Kershaw didn’t join his teammates in rushing the field because he was inside working out after his outing.
“I didn’t have time to get my clothes back on and get out there,” he said. “Not that I was going to start anything.”
Giants manager Bruce Bochy had his back turned and was retreating down the dugout steps when the fracas broke out.
“They’re not going to go out to dinner,” he said. “It’s been going on for a while, so it doesn’t surprise me anymore.”
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